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Opt Lett. 2010 Feb 15;35(4):595-7. doi: 10.1364/OL.35.000595.

Polarization properties of scattered light from macrorough surfaces.

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  • 1Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering,University of Yamanashi, 4-3-11 Takeda, Kofu-city, Yamanashi 400-8511, Japan.


We have characterized macrorough surfaces by measuring angle-resolved Stokes parameters of scattering. The analysis of the parameters as a function of a virtual scattering angle shows that polarization properties of the scattering in the plane of incidence display a very strong dependence on the surface roughness. The method and results of this analysis have a significant impact on the application of light scattering to the inspection and process-evaluation industry.

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